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Bangladesh not in new US human rights sanction list

  • US sanctioned 37 individuals in 13 countries
  • There have been speculations that Bangladesh may also come under sanctions
Update : 09 Dec 2023, 01:12 PM

Bangladesh is not in the list of the US sanctions imposed ahead of the Human Rights Day as speculated by many in the country.

The United States is marking Human Rights Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10 by taking actions to promote accountability for human rights abuses and violations.

Together, the Departments of State and the Treasury Friday imposed visa restrictions and sanctions on 37 individuals in 13 countries.

There have been speculations in Bangladesh particularly from the opposition that Bangladesh will also come under sanctions.

Many of the new US designations target individuals responsible for gender-based violence and the repression of women and girls globally, including county commissioners and a governor in South Sudan whose forces and militias are responsible for rape and Taliban leaders connected to restrictions on access to secondary education for women and Presidential Memorandum issued by President Biden last year, which strengthens the use of financial, diplomatic, and legal tools to combat it.

The US also designated two Iranian intelligence officers involved in recruiting individuals to plot against regime opponents in the United States, including current and former U.S. Government officials, as well as surveillance activities focused on religious sites, businesses, and other facilities.

Additionally, the Department of State issued the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (UHRPA) Report to Congress, while the Treasury sanctioned two Chinese government officials, including one under UHRPA, for their connection to serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

Concurrently, the Department of Homeland Security-led interagency Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force announced the addition of three Chinese entities to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Entity List.

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